Things To Consider When Replacing Line

Ask yourself why you are replacing the line:

  • Is your line clean. To clean your lines place in a washing machine on gentle cycle using a mild detergent and then air dry. If it still looks dirty to you- replace the line.
  • Is your line no longer holding in the clutch, winch, or cleat like it used to. Before you proceed make sure it is not the holding device. Test the device by inserting the newest piece of line available in the correct diameter and give it a tug on the reverse side.  
  • If wear, tear, and or chafing has taken its toll on your line, you may have slippage - time to replace your line.

Information to have before going shopping:

  • If you like color coded lines for recognition- select a variety of easily identifiable colors.
  • Do you want a splice in your new line?
  • What type of shackles do you need to be spliced into the line?  
  • Would you like the end of the line whipped or do you prefer a flemish reeve?
  • Know the strength needed for the line you are shopping for.  
  • The diameter of your line might be stretched out and not the same diameter it used to be. This might be the reason the clutch does not hold the line like it used to. Purchase the diameter it was when the line was new.
  • Add 4 to 5 feet of line if adding a splice.
  • Add 5 feet of line If adding a flemish reeve.  

Now You are ready to shop for new line.

Tools available for you:

Rope Finding Tool

Technical data such as recommended diameters for sheets and halyards